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Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy

From: Hyman Rosen
Subject: Re: [!NEWS] The GNUtards Must Be Crazy
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 2009 12:44:21 -0400
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Alexander Terekhov wrote:
Interesting article...
> The GPL is a bait-and-switch. It shows you functional code that might
> very well solve your problem, and then says, "Oh, no, you can't actually
> use this, because you work for a living."

Precisely. The GPL is working here exactly as intended.
The author has not done anything or paid anything to earn
the use of the functional code that might solve his problem,
and yet he is oh-so-bitter that others are not giving him
something for nothing. Why does he think he deserves to get
this code?

The authors of this code want its users to be free to run,
read, modify, and share it. The author of this extended whine
does not want his users to have this freedom. Therefore the
authors of the code have no interest in making his life easier.

If the author feels so strongly about programmers who write
code for a living, he should make an effort to track down the
authors of the code and offer to pay them for a separate license.
After all, they work for a living too.

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